Palena Province

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Palena Province
Provincia de Palena
Official seal of Palena Province
Location in the Los Lagos Region
Location in the Los Lagos Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Palena Province
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 43°00′S 72°20′W / 43.000°S 72.333°W / -43.000; -72.333Coordinates: 43°00′S 72°20′W / 43.000°S 72.333°W / -43.000; -72.333
Country Chile
Region Los Lagos
Capital Futaleufú
Communes Chaitén
 • Type Provincial
 • Total 15,301.9 km2 (5,908.1 sq mi)
Population (2012 Census)[1]
 • Total 16,137
 • Density 1.1/km2 (2.7/sq mi)
 • Urban 7,624
 • Rural 11,347
 • Men 10,255
 • Women 8,716
Time zone CLT (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLT (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 65
Website Government of Palena

Palena Province (Spanish: Provincia de Palena) is one of the four provinces in the southern Chilean region of Los Lagos (X). Due to the eruption of Chaitén Volcano and the subsequent destruction of Chaitén, Futaleufú is since March 2009 the new capital of Palena Province. The private Pumalín Park is located in the province as is the town and territory of Huinay which divides the park into two parts. Due to its location in front of Chiloé Island it is sometimes called Continental Chiloé (Chiloé Continental). Palena Province is named after the Palena Lake, which in turn was named by the Italian Jesuit Nicolás Mascardi after the town of Palena in Abruzzo, Italy.


As a province, Palena is a second-level administrative division, governed by a provincial governor appointed by the president. The province comprises four communes, each governed by a municipality, headed by an alcalde.


Geography and demography[edit]

According to the 2002 census by the National Statistics Institute (INE), the province spans an area of 15,301.9 km2 (5,908 sq mi) and had a population of 18,971 inhabitants (10,255 men and 8,716 women), giving it a population density of 1.2/km2 (3/sq mi). It is the seventh least populated province in the country. Of these, 7,624 (40.2%) lived in urban areas and 11,347 (59.8%) in rural areas. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population grew by 1.2% (223 persons).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Territorial division of Chile" (PDF) (in Spanish). National Statistics Institute. 2007. Retrieved 23 March 2011.